Interview with A.C. Heller

When did you first start writing?
Back in high school. I always did very well in English and Literature class. It was the only class I enjoyed actually.
What's the story behind your latest book?
That's a little complicated. I used to play MMORPG's pretty religiously and my character on the games was always Chasca. After meeting several people and taking some information from my past experiences I came up with Fate. Being a nerd has its perks.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wanted to be an author but I always thought it would be too hard. But I've come to a point in my life where everything is hard. So I decided I'm going to make it happen, regardless of how hard it is. This is what I want, so I'm doing it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'll have to get back to you on that. But I can say that publishing through one site that reaches to many does make it easier.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That;s easy. Whenever someone tells me they enjoyed my book.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have many but I appreciate any and all support. I'm not entitled to anything so when someone openly appreciates my work it's an amazing feeling.
What are you working on next?
Chance is the name of my next novel. It is the second book in the Sacrifice Series.
Who are your favorite authors?
Kristen Ashley, R.L. Matthewson, JD NIxon... There's a lot but those three are at the top.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. I have a three year old daughter that wakes me up every morning smiling. There isn't a better inspiration than that.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working. I have a full time job. I do hope one day I will be able to write for a living but for now, I do both. Sleeping is overrated anyway...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Goodreads is an amazing way to find great books. The suggestions people make on the forums usually lead me to my next read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely... I was in, I think, third grade and we had this creative writing assignment where you have a little bit of information and you're suppose to run with it. Well, I did and the next day I was pulled from the classroom. I was so scared. I thought I was in trouble but it turns out they wanted to talk to me about how good my work was. Even at a young age that felt great.
What is your writing process?
Hmm... I start with an idea and I start writing. I rarely take notes unless I absolutely have to. I usually just wing it and fix things during the editing process. Oh and music, I always have music on while I write.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do. I remember reading Blood and Chocolate when I was like eleven and thinking it was the best book ever! It's still a great book. I have a copy on my shelf right now.
How do you approach cover design?
That has been kind of an issue. I either create them or purchase an attractive photo online.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley - It's the book that always cheers me up/
Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley - Alpha male perfection
Playing for Keeps by R.L. Matthewson - best banter ever!
Rock Chick Series by Kristen Ashley - Just amazing books, all of them.
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause - old favorite
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance all the way.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm very new to the writing scene so effective isn't really in my vocabulary yet.
Describe your desk
I have a three year old, so the only appropriate word is chaos.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Jersey. But my mother loves to read. She always had her face in a book and would tell me about what she was reading. She loves Stephen King and Anne Rice so I grew up listening to those stories. I don't think I'll ever get over IT. *shudders*
Published 2013-10-13.
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